Wise Men: A Novel

Editorial reviews

Wise Men: A Novel

For Stuart Nadler to be writing as he does, to show such maturity of insight and to have achieved the level of recognition he has whilst still under the age of 35 is amazing. There’s plenty of time for grand comparisons, and my feeling is this is just the magnificent start for him.

The book paints a moving, authentic portrait of what can happen when concealed secrets collide with ignorance, and how, when there’s nothing left to do but move forward, ordinary people can find within themselves the capacity for love and forgiveness.

It becomes a bigger, more surprising book than it initially seems to be.

A fiction about affluent East Coast men behaving badly through the second half of the 20th century will doubtless draw comparisons to John Cheever. Although Nadler's ambitions clearly lie in this direction - the nuanced and romanticized depiction of characters flawed in distinctly American ways - this rushed, early effort crashes and burns.

Wise Men is an irresistible debut novel that serves as both a love story and a brutal indictment of the cruelty born of wealth and greed.